March 14, 2017

ANGLERS WELCOME NEW JETTY AT CLIFTON SPRINGS

Recreational anglers can now safely wet a line from a new jetty at Clifton Springs thanks to $250,000 in funding from the Andrews Labor Government’s Target One Million plan.

Previously there had been 2 wooden piers at the Clifton Springs boat ramp that were in a state of dis-repair and starting to fall down.

A new jetty had been long lobbied for by the local community and was an election commitment from the 2014 election campaign.

Visiting the newly completed jetty today Member for Bellarine, Lisa Neville, said Target One Million was investing $47 million into recreational fishing to increase participation and get more people fishing, more often.

The 35 metre jetty has already proved popular with family groups over the summer holidays.

The ‘all abilities’ jetty is 2.9 metres wide and features a larger fishing area at the end to cater for more anglers. The jetty is a modular design so can then be extended into the future as need arises.

The jetty provides the communities of Clifton Springs and Drysdale with a stable platform to fish Port Phillip Bay, close to the existing boat launching precinct that features toilets, car parking and fish cleaning facilities.

Anglers fishing from the new jetty at dawn and dusk can expect to encounter sand and yank flathead, southern calamari, King George whiting and snapper, all of which are highly prized table fish.

Learn more at www.vic.gov.au/targetonemillion

Quotes attributable to Member for Bellarine Lisa Neville:

“We want to make it easy for newcomers to try fishing so it makes sense to invest in shore-based platforms like this close to major regional centres like Geelong.”

“Improving facilities and making fishing more accessible to everyone will increase participation and grow the pastime, which is good for regional businesses and good for tourism.”